Dinesh Karthik IPL Career

Last Modified Mar 26, 2024 23:23 IST

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Dinesh Karthik is an Indian wicketkeeper-batter who plays for the Indian national cricket team and Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket. He has been playing professional cricket for more than two decades and is one of the rare cricketers to have featured in every season of the Indian Premier League, right from its inception in 2008. The veteran wicket-keeper batter is all set to call time on his career after IPL 2024.

IPL Debut Year2008
IPL TeamRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
Batting StyleRight-handed batter
Bowling StyleNA
Current Auction PriceINR 5.50 crore
Last IPL Season Runs/ Wickets140 runs (2023)

Dinesh Karthik IPL Teams from 2008-24

Dinesh Karthik has featured in all 16 seasons of IPL and is all set to feature in the 17th edition of the IPL. He was bought by Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) for INR 2.1 crore in IPL 2008 and played in the first three seasons for Daredevils.

Karthik played for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in IPL 2011 before moving to Mumbai Indians in the next season. He was with MI until 2013 when the latter won its first title in IPL. It was the only instance for Karthik to be part of an IPL-winning side throughout his IPL career.

Karthik returned to the Delhi outfit after the franchise shelved out a whopping amount of INR 12.50 crore to acquire the services of the Tamil Nadu player for IPL 2014.

He was released by the Daredevils ahead of the 2015 IPL auction. Royal Challengers Bangalore bought Karthik for INR 10.50 crores but owing to a poor show with the bat - 141 runs in 11 innings - he was dropped from the squad for the next season.

Karthik joined Gujarat Lions under Suresh Raina and played for them from 2016 to 2017 before the franchise was dissolved.

The Tamil Nadu gloveman was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2018 auction for a sum of INR 7.4 crore. He was appointed KKR's new captain after Gautam Gambhir shifted to Delhi Daredevils. After leading the two-time IPL winners for 37 matches in more than two seasons, Karthik stepped down from the captaincy role in the middle of IPL 2020 in UAE. Karthik handed the reins to England's Eoin Morgan.

Karthik was released by KKR ahead of the 2022 IPL mega auction. He got his second stint with RCB after the franchise re-purchased him for INR 5.50 crore.

He made a remarkable turnaround with the bat, scoring 330 runs at a strike rate of 183.33 to earn a surprising call back to the Indian T20I side. However, Karthik’s inconsistency once again came into the limelight as the veteran had a poor run in the 2023 IPL season, managing to score just 140 runs in 13 matches, contrary to his sizzling campaign in the previous IPL season in 2022.

As of March 2024, Karthik has amassed 4516 runs in 242 IPL matches at an average of 25.81 and a strike rate of 132.71 with 20 half-centuries. Karthik's best season with the bat was in IPL 2013 for Mumbai Indians, the wicketkeeper scored 510 runs in 19 matches. He slammed an unbeaten splendorous 97 against Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens in IPL 2019 to register his highest score in the premier league.

Dinesh Karthik IPL Auction Price

Dinesh Karthik has juggled between IPL teams and has represented about six IPL teams in the process. With the Tamil Nadu wicket-keeper announcing his retirement from the league post IPL 2024, the veteran will be representing the all-new blue and red at the Royal Challengers Bangalore, after the team retained him for INR 5.50 crores.

2024INR 5.50 croreRoyal Challengers Bangalore
2023INR 5.50 croreRoyal Challengers Bangalore
2022INR 5.50 croreRoyal Challengers Bangalore
2021INR 7.40 croreKolkata Knight Riders
2020INR 7.40 croreKolkata Knight Riders
2019INR 7.40 croreKolkata Knight Riders
2018INR 7.40 croreKolkata Knight Riders
2017INR 2.30 croreGujarat Lions
2016INR 2.30 croreGujarat Lions
2015INR 10.50 croreRoyal Challengers Bangalore
2014INR 12.50 croreDelhi Daredevils
2013INR 4.14 croreMumbai Indians
2012INR 4.14 croreMumbai Indians
2011INR 4.14 croreKings XI Punjab
2010INR 2.10 croreDelhi Daredevils
2009INR 2.10 croreDelhi Daredevils
2008INR 2.10 croreDelhi Daredevils

Dinesh Karthik IPL Runs Year-wise

Dinesh Karthik’s IPL career has been full of highs and lows, with the veteran batting for around six teams as a middle-order batter. After the highs of the 2022 season which earned him a national call-up after three years and a return to India’s T20I squad for the ICC World T20 in 2022 after twelve long years, Dinesh Karthik’s form went down as the wicket-keeper batter has a poor season, managing only 140 runs in 13 matches.


Dinesh Karthik IPL Dismissals Year-wise

Dinesh Karthik has been one of India’s standout wicketkeepers and has been top-notch behind the stumps. The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper has 177 dismissals to his name, including 141 catches and 36 stumpings in IPL, the second-most dismissals in IPL history after MS Dhoni.

2008Delhi Daredevils62
2009Delhi Daredevils125
2010Delhi Daredevils66
2011Kings XI Punjab70
2012Mumbai Indians52
2013Mumbai Indians122
2014Delhi Daredevils72
2015Royal Challengers Bangalore144
2016Gujarat Lions 113
2017Gujarat Lions80
2018Kolkata Knight Riders144
2020Kolkata Knight Riders70
2021Kolkata Knight Riders52
2022Royal Challengers Bangalore102
2023Royal Challengers Bangalore82

Source: IPL's Official Website

Dinesh Karthik IPL Records

  • Dinesh Karthik has bagged seven Player of the Match awards in IPL so far.

  • Dinesh Karthik has directed the second-most dismissals behind the stumps. With the gloves, Karthik caught 141 times and stumped on 36 instances. His 177 dismissals are only behind MS Dhoni (184) after 16 seasons of IPL.

  • Dinesh Karthik holds the record for the highest strike rate in an innings (with a minimum of 30 runs). Karthik smashed 30 runs off 8 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2022 at a staggering strike rate of 375. He beat Suresh Raina's record of 348 against Punjab Kings in IPL 2014.

  • With 4516 runs in 242 matches at a strike rate of 132.71, Karthik is the 10th most run-scorer in the IPL of all-time.

  • Karthik has played for six IPL teams - DD, KXIP, MI, RCB, GL and KKR. Karthik is among seven players to represent six IPL teams. Only Aaron Finch has played for more teams (9) than any other player in the history of IPL.

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Q. When did Dinesh Karthik start playing IPL?

A. Dinesh Karthik started playing IPL in 2008 for the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals).

Q. How many runs has Dinesh Karthik scored in the IPL?

A. Dinesh Karthik has scored 4516 runs in 242 matches in the IPL.

Q. Will Dinesh Karthik play in IPL 2024?

A. Dinesh Karthik will play in IPL 2024 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and will retire at the end of IPL 2024.

Q. How many teams has Dinesh Karthik played in the IPL?

A. Dinesh Karthik has represented six teams in the IPL, namely the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Q. How many dismissals has Dinesh Karthik effected in IPL?

A. Dinesh Karthik has effected 177 dismissals in the IPL so far.